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Iran position nine on world satellite record launch: Space official

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Feb 7, IRNA -- Iran ranks ninth among countries who have been able to place satellites in the orbit, the director of the plan and management department of the Iranian Space Research Center told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

'Iran is expected to place in orbit three new satellites, Rouhollah Zolfaqari said at a panel of Iran space experts recently convened at the IRNA Headquarters in Tehran.

'The Nahid-1, Nahid-2 and Soha satellites are ready to be launched,' Zolfaqari said.

He said that the Nahid-1 is an experimental telecommunication satellite that for the first time has been equipped with folding solar panels.

According to him, the Nahid-2, a micro telecommunication satellite, is also being developed based on an engineering design and is expected to be put into the orbit in the next one or two years.

The Soha satellite which is an imaging satellite is another domestically-developed satellite that can produce images at a resolution of 15 meters, Zolfaqari said.

One of the features of the space sciences and technologies possessed by Iran is their indigenous nature, he stressed.

The director of the plan and management department of the Iranian Space Research Center also, referred to the project launched by the Iranian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology to use telecommunication balloons at the time of natural disasters.

There is a plan to deploy telecommunication balloons in the crisis-hit areas to restore telecom service, Zolfaqari said.

The position finding process is underway in 30 provinces across Iran to deploy telecommunication balloons at the time of the crisis, he added.

There are three functions for such balloons, including restoration of mobile communications, Internet connections and assessment of damages, he said.

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